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Last week was my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving. This year, we did “Franksgiving,” as Emily couldn’t get home until late Thursday night. We ate on Friday. Food was plentiful … more
As I looked out of my window when I got up this morning, I saw leaves all over the ground; that yesterday was still clinging to the trees. It was mainly the product of the strong winds that came … more
Just about the time that we relax after the overindulgences of Thanksgiving and battling through Black Friday, we realize that only phase one and two of the end of the year festivities have passed … more
Doesn’t it seem like Christmas comes earlier every year? I have been busy the whole month of November counting Christmas trees that I see in the windows of homes. It seems like Nov. 1 was the … more
I know that by the time Democrat and Star-Journal readers take a look at this column, Thanksgiving will be in the rearview mirror and thoughts of the Christmas season will be full steam ahead. But … more
In this modern world of internationalism, certain countries, because of climate, soil and/or geography have become famous for a specific variety of wine.  For Germany it’s the riesling; … more
Depending on when you read this column, I’ll officially be a homeowner this weekend. After years of living in a dorm, the Sigma Kappa Sorority house, apartments and a rental house, I’m … more
The recent warm days can make us forget that winter is heading this way.  These warm fall days provide an opportunity to get our spring flowering bulbs in the ground. Most spring bulbs need a … more
Things change for a myriad of reasons; what was once buying for Thanksgiving, has become shopping for Thanksgiving.  The cost of everything from toothpicks to the big bird itself has … more
One of the books that I assigned my AP Literature class to read was “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. I wanted my students to read about war from the perspective of soldiers … more
Since last month, the early leaf-dropping trees like walnuts are bare and others have started to drop leaves with the frostier weather.  I trust that you have been shredding leaves for your … more
Three things happened last week which signaled the end of three worlds in three tiny, but unrelated universes. The first: In a tiny town in Illinois, a high school volleyball team played its last … more
You have got to hand it to the people at Dry Creek Vineyards for being modern and caring.  While many wines are directed toward male wine lovers, Dry Creek has opted to name one of their … more
Friday's print edition also includes the inaugural edition of the Star-Journal’s 20 Under 40 publication. As the page 2 description indicates, “20 Under 40 is a celebration of young … more
Each of us has within them a dream; a situation, a fantasy or something that they always wanted to do but knew they never could.  It is that very special and personal thought that, when you … more
It’s OK to say “no.” This is something that I have always found very difficult to do because I am a people pleaser. I have always been very self-conscious about the way in which … more
Pumpkin spice, falling leaves and apple cider may evoke the autumnal season for many but for me, it is the sweet potato harvest.   Yesterday was the day, and now with my wheelbarrow more … more
The time to prepare is now, right now as Walpurgis (Val pur jis) night is rapidly approaching.  You may not have heard of Walpurgis night because that is the European version of our Halloween … more
Anyone else feeling burned out, or is it just me? 2021 has felt incredibly long and very fast, all at the same time somehow. Lately, the days have dragged on, but yet I’m still amazed by the … more
In a recent column, I remarked that I was not a chardonnay fan because of the many miserable examples of the variety that I have sampled in the past few years.  Apparently, I hit a nerve at … more
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